I am 7 months pregnant with my first and have been fighting extreme exhaustion.

So this is my first baby, and I've been feeling tired pretty much since the start. I had severe morning sickness (not keeping food down at all for several days at a time) for 5 months before my ob finally put me on an antacid that leveled it out. So I'm used to being tired. But even though I'm eating more now, my energy hasn't improved. Everything I read says I should be feeling more energetic. I eat healthy options... But even still, I can sleep for 14 hours straight, be up for three to five hours, then sleep for another 14. My ob says that's completely normal, but its making it hard to plan anything for the baby or keep working because all I can do is sleep most of the day.... Is this really normal? Is there something I can do to help? Caffeine helps some but I try to avoid that I know it's not good for you during pregnancy.... Any advice?

  • শো
    Dec 27

    I went through this. I did everything right and was still exhausted. I later realised that mine was more psychological than physical. If you encounter signs of depression, talk to your gynaecologist. Pregnancy hormones are hard on your mind and the fact that it is actually quite stressful to be pregnant and then a new mother, doesn't help the situation...especially if it's your first. Don't know if you're in the same situation but if you are, meditation helped me. Also, talk to inspiring, positive and calm people about yourself...things you like to do...not just your pregnancy... look at tedx or other motivational videos on various topics...it helps.

  • Erika
    Dec 27

    Have they checked your iron levels? I was like this too and it turned out I was severely anemic, caused by pregnancy. Once I started taking iron, my energy levels improved dramatically! Good luck.

  • T
    Dec 27

    I was so exhausted that many days, I couldn’t get off the couch to even fetch a glass of water. My husband would come home from work to find me crying because I was hungry and thirsty.

  • Anonymous
    Dec 27

    It’s your body’s way to prepare you for no sleep for when the baby is born and the next following years! No really it’s pretty normal I had this with all three of mine. My last was the worst I’d be in mid sentence talking to my husband and I’d fall asleep. Rest while you can! Everything for the baby will all fall into place don’t stress out over planning!

  • Vicki
    Dec 27

    Naps, even a ten minute nap helps so much. I would close my office door and lay down on the floor with a blanket.

  • Laura
    Dec 27

    All these stories seem pretty extreme. I'd sleep 9+ hours a night but I don't recall being that tired during the day.

  • Laura
    Dec 28

    Needing to sleep that much throughout the entire pregnancy seems excessive. I was tired with my first but slept 6-8 hours a night and only napped on Saturday afternoons. I don't use caffeine but I know that when you become dependent on it, you end up overly-tired every time you're without it. (For example, my husband was drinking 2 Monsters a day and still constantly tired despite getting way more sleep than me. He gradually quit caffeine over the course of a year and now has more energy than he's had in years.) My husband and I both had desk jobs. Do you have a job that requires a lot of physical movement? Another commenter suggested an iron supplement...I would also recommend a B complex (especially B12 for energy). I'm now pregnant with my 2nd and was exhausted until the 13th week but got most of my energy back after that. Since this is your first and the morning sickness was so severe, I suggest changing up your diet if you plan on more pregnancies in the future. I have a friend who went vegetarian (only for the length of her pregnancy) and she had no morning sickness. I was raised vegetarian and didn't experience morning sickness for either pregnancy. It may not eliminate your symptoms entirely but it could help and is definitely more pleasant than being sick for 5 months straight. Good luck. I hope you find a solution for the exhaustion soon and feel better before baby arrives so you can enjoy the big day!

  • T
    Dec 28

    Also, how old are you? Every pregnancy is different. Some are exhausted because they don’t eat well or have the right vitamins. Some because they have GD. Some are older. Some are depressed. Some are dehydrated. Etc.

  • Meaghan
    Dec 28

    So ive been tested for anemia and it was negative, same with gestational diabetes. Every time he runs panels my vitamin levels all come back fine so he told me not to take anything. Because of the morning sickness I havent had a prenatal vitamin aince like week 8, they dont stay down. @T I am 21, this is my first. Ive also had two UTIs and a kidney infection since becoming pregnant... So far shifting my diet around doesnt seem to make a difference... That's why i asked here is I am out if ideas and the exhaustion has made work impossible. Thanj you everyone for the advice and comments!

  • T
    Dec 28

    There’s a prenatal vitamin drink called Bump Water that was made by moms with morning sickness. You can buy it online.

  • Nimble Panda
    Dec 28

    Rainbow Light Prenatals are gentle on the stomach. LOVE THEM! I'm breastfeeding and still take them. You can try Preggie Pops for nausea, too. You DEFINITELY need prenatals. The baby is sucking all your nutrients out and growing quickly now. Greens with lots of vitamin k help with nausea, too.

  • Brittany
    Dec 29

    Sounds like you got robbed of your happy trimester because of the morning sickness.. I’m also 7 months and the first trimester was a nightmare. The fatigue was unbelievable. Once I stopped feeling sick around 18 weeks, I got a lot of my energy back! But now that I’m getting into the third trimester I’m feeling a lot of fatigue again. I’ve been told it’s normal :(

  • molly
    Dec 29

    totally normal. i was flat exhausted. it was all a blur. Didn’t plan anything at all except bought a car seat, a crib, diaper cart, swaddles and onsies. all on amazon cos that’s all i could manage while snoozing in bed for 8 months. And it all was ok. there is a lot of unnecessary stress around planning a nursery etc. Babies need very little but u need all your rest and sleep. good luck!

  • Amy
    Jan 06

    It's normal! I needed naps all the time in first and 2nd trimesters. But that doesn't mean it's hopeless that something might help you feel at least some better. You might try another brand of prenatals to see if you can tolerate them now - low vitamin can sap energy. I felt a huge energy difference the days I drank a ton of water vs only normal amounts. My tests came back only slightly anemic so my doc said I didn't need to do anything, but I tried adding iron supplements and I felt so much better!

  • Anonymous
    Jan 07

    I would say it’s pretty normal. You’re growing a human and That’s a TON of work for your body. Especially if you are an active person. It’s really okay to rest up. Try to get 9+ hrs at night if you can take naps. Don’t push yourself.